Where is Thailand


Thailand, formerly Siam, is located in the center of Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma, Laos, Malyasia and Cambodia that contribute to its diverse culture.

The country is a constitutional monarchy, headed by King Rama IX, the ninth king of the House of Chakri, who, having reigned since 1946, is the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. The king of Thailand is titled Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Adherent of Buddhism, and Upholder of religions.

Thailand is the world’s 51st-largest country in terms of total area, with an area of approximately 513,000 km2 (198,000 sq mi), and is the 20th-most-populous country, with around 64 million people. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, which is Thailand’s political, commercial, industrial and cultural hub. About 75–85% of the population is ethnically Tai, which includes the four major regional groups, consisting of Central Thai (Khon Pak Klang): 30%; Northeastern Thai (Khon [Lao] Isan): 22%, Northern Thai (Khon Lanna): 9%; and Southern Thai (Khon Tai): 7%. Thai Chinese, those of significant Chinese heritage, 651_ware 14% of the population and up to 40% possess part-Chinese ancestry. Thai Malays represent 3% of the population and the rest belong to minority groups, including Mons, Khmers and various “hill tribes”. The country’s official language is Thai and the primary religion is Buddhism, which is practised by around 95% of the population. (Wikipedia)

The Island of Ko Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, is located in the Gulf of Thailand. For centuries it has been considered a safe haven because of the thriving, self-sufficient communities that have little contact with mainland Thailand.  It is the perfect place to find a peaceful haven of serenity.


• Do I need a visa to visit Thailand?

Passport holders of the United States, Australia, and most European countries do not require a visa if staying less than 30 days. If you are planning on staying longer, you should get a tourist visa from the Thai embassy in your resident country, which will allow you to remain in the Kingdom for a longer period. You can also extend your visa while in Thailand. For visa information, please go to http://www.thaiembdc.org/wp/ for the United States; http://www.thaivisa.com for all other countries

• Do I need any inoculations

Generally speaking, traveling to foreign countries exposes you to new germs and diseases. Thailand is a clean, healthy place to visit. No
immunization shots are required. we recommend you take precautions to keep your immune system strong. Drink bottled water, wash your hands regularly, eat clean, healthy foods (do not eat street food), and take vitamin supplements if necessary.




Useful Thai Phrases Travel Tips


Hello: Sa-was-dee

Good morning: A-roon-sa-was

Good evening: sa-yan-da-was

Yes: Chai

No: Mai Chai

Nevermind, You’re welcome: Mai pen rai

How are you? Sabai Dee Mai?

I am fine: Sabai dee krab/kha

Thank you: Khorb khun

Excuse me, Sorry: khor to

I do not speak Thai: Pom (chan) poos paa-saa tai mai bpen (dai)

I don’t understand: Pom (chan) mai khao jai

I don’t want: mai ao

What time is it: kee mo: hng?

Where is …: Yoo (tee) nai?

Where is the toilet? Ho:ng naam yoo nai





Travel Destinations that Teach!



We are learning all the time. Whether it’s behaviors, activities, or yoga poses, we subconsciously absorb information from the world around us. When we travel, we expand our world view and gain new knowledge, make new friends, and broaden our perspective on life.

Please enjoy our brief list of destinations that will give you the education of your life!


Bali. Learn about a new culture. 95% of the population of Bali practices Hinduism and there are over 20,000 intricately designed temples that require traditional dress. As in many ancient religions, Hindu and Balinese holidays are based on the cycle of nature. They mark the change of seasons and celebrate the birth and death of all things.

IMG_1322 Italy. Learn about history. We are lucky to have places so well preserved that give us insights into our past. The Aragonese Castle in Ischia, for example, was built around 474 BC and still stands today after pirate raids and countless wreckages and rebuilds.



Iceland. Learn about the value of silence. Iceland clocks in at just over three hundred and twenty thousand people (for scale- the state of new york has 8.3 million). It has just one city considered a ‘major city,’ where about a third of the population lives. This means the rest of the country is lava fields and stretches of green grass, punctuated by horse and sheep farms. This lets you experience the complete, eerie silence, literally being miles from another human.


Tenorio Waterfall, Costa Rica


Costa Rica. Learn about happiness. U.K.-based New Economics Foundation’s new “Happy Planet Index” rated 151 nations by measuring ecological sustainability against well-being and life expectancy. Costa Rica topped the list as the worlds happiest country. Not, evidently, because they are the wealthiest or most advanced country, but because of the loving nature of the people towards others and their home.

 Join us on retreat for your own personal growth and education!

Prana Del Mar (Baja, Mexico) November 29-December 6
Bali October 3-10 2015
Thailand October 11-18 2015
Costa Rica Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training August 1-22 2015
Lumeria Maui February 14-19 2015
Tuscany June 21-28 2015
…and MORE!

Long Flight Survival Guide


window-view2The key is to eliminate as many discomforts as possible. Sitting for 10+ hours can be extremely unpleasant, but there are simple ways to enrich your experience and add to your comfort.

  • Consider natural sleep aids, like melatonin or chamomile tea. Essential oils such as lavender or chamomile also calm the body. Always be mindful of the passengers around you as they may be sensitive to certain smells.
  • Don’t go into a long flight extremely tired expecting to sleep the entire way and wake up at your destination refreshed, because that almost never works for anyone. We all know that the sleep in Economy is not necessarily restful. There’s no way to emulate your bed in an airplane seat, but you can bring along a few things to help yourself rest easy. If you’re in a window seat, bring along warm socks and a blanke
    t to cover yourself with. Plan ahead to find a neck pillow or cushion that works for you. Wear comfortable clothing that fits well.
  • Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Being in the low humidity on planes for hours depletes the water in your body, and in turn dries your skin and respiratory system. The remedy is to hydrate from the inside out. It may make you have to ‘go’ a few times on board, but hey- it’s not like you have anything else better to do. In addition to this- lay off the booze! It may relax you temporarily, but the dehydrating effects on your body will quickly make you stressed and uncomfortable. Save yourself from expensive bottled water by carrying one or two empty bottles through security and filling them from the drinking fountain.
  • Eat a nutritious, water-dense (as in fruits and vegetables), low sodium meal beforehand to keep your stomach content for takeoff. Bring enough food so you wont go hungry during the flight, but stay away from heavy, dense foods. The food that airplanes provide -without getting into graphic detail- leaves much to be desired in terms of safety and nutrient content. Many airlines recall food every year.
  • Move! Many people have troubles with poor circulation and swelling in the lower legs during flights, so don’t be afraid to get up and stretch your legs on a flight of any length. You can conveniently take some cat/cow style movements and twists in your seat, and even a modified pigeon if you feel up to it!


Keep your carry-on light, but be sure to include:

-toothbrush and toothpaste-entertainment, (electronics fully charged!)
-coconut oil or a light lotion if you have dry skin
-sudoku, a book, crossword puzzles


*Be sure that all your liquids and gels are under 3oz (100ml) and in a clear ziplock bag.

Bon Voyage!

Destress Travel Tip

We all benefit from some pre-travel stress relief. One of our favorite breathing techniques to destress is Alternate nostril breathing.

Benefits: balancing, calming, anti-anxiety, and very relaxing

Sanskrit Name: Nadi Sodhana Pranayama

How to Do It:
Place the right hand in Vishnu Mudra (forefinger and middle finger bent towards the palm; thumb, ring, and pinkie in the air). To do one round: close off right nostril with the thumb and inhale into the left nostril; close left nostril with ring and pinkie fingers, open the right nostril and exhale through the right, then inhale into the right nostril; close the right nostril, open the left, and exhale through the left nostril. Continue, doing 5-20 rounds.